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28 Aug

How to Fix Underexposed Photos in Photoshop

Photoshop is fantastic at restoring details and fixing mistakes. Even if you end up losing a lot of light during a shoot, you'll still have the chance to take (and edit) incredible photographs. The best way to preserve your image's data is to shoot in RAW; however, if using JPEG is the only option or something you wish to use no matter what, don't worry about this too much. Any kind of photo can be enhanced in one way or another. Though I'll be using an underexposed portrait in this tutorial, the steps could work for any type of image, be it a professional landscape photo or a simple snapshot of your food. As you can see, the...
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24 Aug

Let’s Talk Frames Per Second For Drone Filming

Frames per second (fps), also referred to as frame rate, is the rate at which images are displayed in a video. It’s important you understand this concept as a videographer, so here’s some info on it and how it pertains to filming with your drone. Understanding Frame Rate As we briefly mentioned, the frame rate is the frequency that consecutive images are displayed in a video. A video is just many still images moving rapidly, which tricks our brain into thinking they are moving. The frame rate is described by frames per second (fps). For example, 30 fps means that there are 30 still images being displayed every second in the video. There are several different frame rates, all with their own pros...
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21 Aug

How to Take Breathtaking Self-Portraits Outdoors

You might be someone who avoids self-portraiture for fear of seeming arrogant, pretentious, or vain. While there are many understandable arguments against it, there are just as many valid reasons that self-portraiture is a cathartic, motivating, and mind-opening genre of photography. Taking photos of yourself is an effective way to organically release emotions, to learn more about yourself as an artist, and to challenge your ability to work independently. In short, it's more than just a photo of the artist behind the camera. Photo by William Randles Many artists, when taking photos of themselves, tend to experiment in the safety of their homes. Indoor shoots are ideal for strengthening your ability to work with minimal resources. If you're...
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10 Jul

How to Perfect Skin Tone Using Frequency Separation in Photoshop

One of the main complaints subjects have about being photographed is skin imperfections showing up on camera. And it's true, with high definition DSLRs, every pimple and blemish is on display. But that can be easily fixed with a little help from Photoshop. So the next time your model expresses concerns about their less than perfect skin, you can reassure them with confidence that their skin will look flawless by the time the photos are seen by the world. In this tutorial, we're going to learn how to perfect skin tone using frequency separation in Photoshop. Start by opening your portrait in Photoshop. Make two copies of the background layer by clicking twice on the icon in the bottom right corner that looks...
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26 Jun

Create a Polar Bear Dreamscape in Photoshop

To start, you’ll need two cloud images - one of darker, stormy clouds and another of lighter, fluffy clouds. You’ll also need an image of a rocky cliff ledge, a picture of a polar bear (or your favorite animal), and a picture of a girl, boy or yourself reaching out a hand.  Start by opening up Photoshop and going File>New. Set the new document width to 2100 pixels and the height to 1400 pixels. Make sure the document is oriented horizontally. Set the resolution to 72 pixels per inch and the color mode to RGB. The background contents should be white and 8 bit.     Open the stormy cloud image. Use the move tool to drag and drop the cloud picture to the new document....
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19 Jun

Create a Stunning Black and White Image in Lightroom

The digital age of photography is all about color, but there’s no denying the beautiful simplicity of black and white. You don’t need to shoot film or set your digital camera to black and white in order to achieve bold, desaturated images. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to take a color image and turn it into a striking black and white picture in Lightroom. This effect works best with landscapes or images that already have strong contrast and clean lines, as well as portraits if you're going for a more serious, moody tone.  Start by opening a color image in Lightroom. At the top of the editing box, click Black and White to remove the saturation from the picture. If you’re...
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15 Jun

How to Properly Install Drone Propellers

It may seem like a relatively easy task, but attaching propellers to drones is not the most intuitive. With different locking mechanisms and various types of propeller locks, attaching a propeller can be more confusing than you'd think. Also, by not attaching a propeller correctly, you are in danger of severely damaging your drone whether it be during take off or even in mid flight. We here at Lumoid have created a cheat sheet to show you how to install the propellers for various drones below! DJI Phantom 4 and Phantom 4 Pro   The Phantom series comes with quick release propellers. The key is to identify the propellers with the black and grey rings and attach the black ring propellers to the black...
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12 Jun

Create The Perfect Wedding Photography Filter In Lightroom

Sifting through thousands of wedding photos is an overwhelming task for any photographer, and editing hundreds of those photos to match can be an even bigger struggle. That's where Lightroom filters can be a huge time saver for anyone editing a large number of similar images. You don't have to fork over a bunch of money on pre-made Lightroom filters. With a few simple adjustments and a little experimentation, you can create your own Lightroom filter to use for all of your wedding and engagement shoots. Start by opening one of your wedding images in Lightroom. This image already looks pretty good, but I want to add some warmth and depth to give the picture a more romantic mood. Start by increasing the Tint...
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5 Jun

Become a Master of Dodging and Burning in Lightroom

Dodging and burning is a technique as old as time - or at least as old as dark room photography. Dodging and burning refers to the addition (burning) or subtraction (dodging) of light to a certain area of a photo. Traditionally, this was done by using your hand or a piece of cardboard to block a specific part of an image while it was being exposed in the dark room under an enlarger. It’s a technique we still use today with digital photography, but programs like Lightroom and Photoshop make the process much easier and more exact. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to master the dodge and burn tools in Lightroom to give your portraits a more finished, contoured...
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29 May

Create A Surreal, Underwater Portrait In Photoshop

Underwater photography is tricky, and requires expensive, complicated equipment. But thanks to Photoshop, you don't need to spend thousands of dollars on underwater housing just to create a stunning underwater portrait. All you need is your standard DSLR camera, a little creativity and a few simple steps in Photoshop to create a compelling, surrealist image. For this tutorial, you'll need a portrait of someone posed in a falling position, an image of an empty underwater scene and Photoshop. Start by opening the underwater background image in Photoshop. Click on the small half-white, half-black circle in the bottom right corner to create a new adjustment layer. Select Color Balance. Click on the small box with the arrow next to it, located at the bottom...
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